Thursday, October 2, 2008

Iron Rations: Chicken Breast

Iron Rations is another new segment here on Food of Eating, +1. Iron Rations will feature, quick, easy, lazy-as-hell meal ideas, rather than full recipes

Sometimes, you get home from work, or gaming or the gym (HA!) and you're tired, hungry, and feeling lazy. Obviously, easy recipes have their place (one of them is here!) but sometimes you don't feel like dealing with measurements, multiple steps, or tons of dishes to clean later on.

One solution, my friends, is the world's greatest convenience food: frozen chicken breasts

These bad boys have literally hundreds of uses, but one of my favorite lazy meal tricks involves them and yesterday's topic, the George Foreman Grill.

Here's the deal:

1. Come home, pull out one of the chicken breasts. Pop it in the microwave for a few minutes on the defrost setting.

2. While the meat is thawing, plug in your George Foreman and let it heat up.

3. Once the meat is thawed, plop it down on the George Foreman for approximately 5 minutes. Cut into the breast. If there's any pink left in the center, leave it on the grill for another minute or so, then check again.

4. Once the pink is gone, remove it from the grill, add it to a plate with some canned or frozen veggies, sprinkle on some seasoning (I like Seasoned Salt or Lemon Pepper Seasoning) and enjoy!

See? That took a total of about 10 minutes, and the only dishes you dirtied were the grill and a few utensils. This is one of my favorite quick dinner options, because its tasty, easy, and actually pretty good for you.

Cost: A bag of store brand frozen chicken like the one in the image is about $7, and you get approximately 10 breasts to a bag. That means your meal set you back about $.70, plus whatever veggies or salad you had on the side.

NOTE: Do NOT leave any pink in the middle of your chicken. Pink in a steak is good, pink in a chicken breast is a recipe for a failed fortitude save and a visit from the Salmonella Dragon. Also, wash your hands after each time you touch the raw chicken. See above.

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